Small Business

US Sees Record Small Business Optimism – Democrats Promise To Take It All Away

by Steve MacDonald September 12, 2018

Trump’s recovery summer continues to stack up wins as small business optimism piles on to an already impressive roll call. From National Review. Optimism among small-business owners reached a record high in August as Republican-passed tax cuts and deregulation began to bear fruit, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB Small Business Optimism […]

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Blue Collar Job Growth Highest in 30 years

by Steve MacDonald September 10, 2018

The Trump economy can add another feather to its cap. The growth of traditional blue collar jobs has reached its highest rate since Ronald Reagan was President. Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction, and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, according to a Washington Post analysis.

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Brookstone’s Failure Should Send a Message to the NH Legislature About Biomass Bailouts

by Steve MacDonald September 7, 2018

At the end of August, I shared an email from a reader who suggested that New Hampshire’s choice of tax policies was somehow tied to a series of business failures (some pending), one of which was Brookstone, a niche specialty items chain that has corporate offices in Merrimack (ack-ack), New Hampshire. Brookstone is failing, yes. But is it […]

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Jose’ Eduardo Cambrils – candidate for NH State House, Merrimack County 9 (Cantebury/Loudon)

by Op-Ed August 5, 2018

“I am seeking a seat in the NH House of Representatives because of my love for this great State of NH and more specifically the towns of Canterbury and Loudon. I lived in Canterbury for 13 years and still own a beautiful piece of land there. My wife and I have now lived in Loudon for the past 2 years. There […]

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Senator Shaheen’s Selective Defense Of Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2018

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is unified in its defense of the Granite State from efforts to make online purchases taxable. Their primary objection, and I’ll use Senator Shaheen as my whipping donkey for this, is the burden it puts on small business owners. As a former small business owner, I know that most small businesses […]

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So why does Government hate on small business?

by Skip March 28, 2017

“Small businesses employ over 57 million Americans. And yet, the government’s taxes and regulations overwhelmingly favor big businesses at the expense of small ones. Why? Find out in this short video.” Hint: go ask your Democrat Federal office holder why – watch them bend like a pretzal. (H/T: Liberty Unyielding)

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NYC Continues War on Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2017

From City Journal “…imagine how galling it must be to hear elected officials take credit for something that, after all, they are strong-arming other people to do. When progressives expand the regulatory framework in which businesses operate, they claim credit for taking bold steps to fix social ills—but they also create consequences that they will […]

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Economic Malpractice

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2016
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We continue the discussion with Greg Moore from Americans for Prosperity on Government meddling with medical care and coverage and the economic malpractice that results–fewer startups, employment stagnation, wage deflation, and other symptoms of this regulatory disease, including those specific to New Hampshire. (Segment 2a, 19min 41 sec.) Download this segment – The entire podcast […]

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Economic Malpractice

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2016

We continue the discussion with Greg Moore from Americans for Prosperity on Government meddling with medical care and coverage and the economic malpractice that results–fewer startups, employment stagnation, wage deflation, and other symptoms of this regulatory disease, including those specific to New Hampshire.  

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Hillary Clinton – pander much to small businesses? Oh wait!

by Skip June 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton – which is it? Shot: I want to be sure that we get small businesses starting and growing in America again. We have stalled out.  I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it…it turns out that we’re not producing as many small businesses as we used to […]

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“…California – a tax on a tax”

by Skip April 20, 2016

I read this and just shook my head slowly from side to side – I just couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Given this, why haven’t we all risen up in righteous indignation (er, if not a lot more) and say “no more” to taking more and more?  But at least one person did the […]

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A Craft Beer Store in Nashua Needs Your help!

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2016
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A Craft Beer Store in Nashua Needs your help! A few weeks ago the temperature controller in our walk-in cooler malfunctioned. We believe the temp was stuck at 20 degrees for several hours. Most of the beer froze or turned to slush. Because of oxidation we lost the entire inventory, about $6000. That is a […]

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GrokTALK! – Jon Lieber – Thumbtack.com 2015 Small Business Survey

by Steve MacDonald September 2, 2015
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ICYMI – We sat down with Thumbtack.com chief economist Jon Lieber to talk about their 2015 mall Business survey. We discuss small business owner sentiment, what they view as the biggest barriers put in place by government.  Suggested alternatives to remove those barriers.  And NH’s A+ rating and #2 ranking nationally in the 2015 Survey. […]

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Jon Lieber – Thumbtack.com 2015 Small Business Survey

by Steve MacDonald September 2, 2015

Thumbtack.com chief economist Jon Lieber joins us to talk about the 2015 mall Business survey. We discuss small business owner sentiment, what they view as the biggest barriers put in place by government.  Suggested alternatives to remove those barriers.  And NH’s A+ rating and #2 ranking nationally in the 2015 Survey.    

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GrokTALK! – Defending the Dream

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2015
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AFP- NH State Director Greg Moore joined us from the Defending the Dream Summit in Ohio. The topic is economic freedom in America, the New Hampshire State budget (the lack there of), and the need to make the economic freedom of small business owners a priority. Get the entire podcast here! Please follow us on […]

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Defending the Dream

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2015

AFP- NH State Director Greg Moore joined us from the Defending the Dream Summit in Ohio. The topic is economic freedom in America, the New Hampshire State budget (the lack there of), and the need to make the economic freedom of small business owners a priority.  

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Will NH Democrats Follow Obama’s Lead on Occupational Licensing?

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2015
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There is an overlooked paragraph in president Obama’s 2016 budget fact sheet that might actually prove useful to real people trying to find work in the real world. Reducing Unnecessary Occupational Licensing. The Budget seeks to reduce occupational licensing barriers that keep people from doing the jobs they have the skills to do by putting […]

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GrokTALK! – Candidate Emily O’Neil Challenges RINO

by Steve MacDonald November 3, 2014
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Candidate Emily O’Neil joins us to talk about her campaign and the issues (she is running as a write in: Bedford).  Emily lost her race by a handful of votes and is running to displace a tax and spend, D rated, anti gun Republican – Terry Wolf.  Emily focuses on how we need to make […]

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Guy Comtois – A Business Friendly NH

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2014
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New Hampshire House Candidate Guy Comtois joins us talk about policy to attract businesses to New Hampshire, dealing with an aging population, tolerating congressional hypocrisy (we shouldn’t), wresting control of media and the message to balance things out a bit, and the cost of shifting power back down to towns and states. (You can email […]

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Massachusetts Software Tax Could Impact NH Business? I have a Solution!

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2013
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CONCORD, N.H. —A Massachusetts sales tax applied to computer software design services may affect some New Hampshire businesses with a presence in the state. The tax took effect July 31. The 6.25 percent sales tax in Massachusetts now applies to “certain services relating to computer system design and to modification, integration, enhancement, installation, or configuration […]

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Don’t Miss Jeanne Shaheen’s Environmental Circle J#%k Today!

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2013
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This morning at 11 am, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, no doubt under the bland and inadequate light of a very limited number of compact fluorescent bulbs, Jeanne Shaheen is participating in a round table discussion about Environment and the New Hampshire Economy: ‘How Climate Change Impacts New Hampshire […]

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The Minimum Wage From Yet Another View

by Steve MacDonald June 3, 2013

The notion that New Hampshire needs to set a minimum wage higher than the current and equally arbitrary federal rate is as flawed a notion as the faux-benefit of a federal minimum wage in the first place.   But New Hampshire Democrats and some Democrats elected as Republicans, continue to make a case for it. […]

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Not So Easy

by Steve MacDonald May 31, 2013

Staples, the Office Supply chain, has denied a local gun store its application to participate in a contest for small businesses.  Yes, I know.  A Town of about 9 square miles with the population of Merrimack New Hampshire (Fremont Nebraska), happens to have (a least one) gun store in it run by two Army veterans; […]

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Notice us up there, in the upper right corner?

by Tim Condon November 1, 2012

Below is a map showing the “business tax climate” in all 50 states. The worst such states are in dark blue. The best states are shown in white. Notice that there’s not one “small business friendly” state in the entire northeast? Other than New Hampshire, that is! And notice that four of the worst 10 states for small business are […]

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“You didn’t build that.” –Barack Obama

by Tim Condon August 10, 2012
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Notable Quotes: Henry C. Alford (President & CEO -National Black Chamber of Commerce)

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2012

“When Obama became president, we were all happy about the symbolism–America’s first black president.  We didn’t really care about his position or views on anything.  We just wanted a black president no matter what.  We should have been more careful, as his views on small business, especially black business, are counter to ours. “His view […]

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If the economy is getting better…(Part 5)

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2012

…then why has the number of self-employed Americans fallen by more than 2 million? It’s one thing to say you support small business, but Democrats attaching the word jobs, small-business, or main-street to every bill that comes out of congress doesn’t make it happen.  But after 2008 every press release about every vote manged to […]

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Obama – sure he’s all about small business

by Skip January 28, 2012

There’s plenty more where that comes from, right? (H/T: Powerline)

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Carol…On Helping Small Business

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2010

Carol’s good work keeps on rolling in like the smell of low tide on a salty breeze.  Maybe you recall that five ream masterpiece of brevity appropriately mislabeled as health care reform?  Well it came fully equipped with a manifold of other disasters buried inside, one of which was that anyone with business income will […]

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